Rising food and fuel prices are making it harder for hungry families to get enough to eat. This has put a big strain on food banks, which need to buy more food than ever to meet the growing need.  Compared to last year, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has seen a 35% increase in people asking for help. This means they’ve had almost 322,000 visits to their programs and partner agencies, up from 244,000 the year before. But donations of food are down by 50%. So the Foodbank needs your help to buy more healthy food. Every dollar you give lets them provide three meals.

Hunger makes it hard for kids to learn and can lead to health problems. When school’s out, many children on the Peninsula don’t know where their next meal will come from. The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s Summer Food Service Program helps by providing free breakfast and lunch to kids 18 and under at locations across the area. No ID is needed — kids just need to show up.

This summer, students in the Foodbank’s Culinary Training program are making up to 1,000 meals a day. These meals are delivered Monday to Friday to local daycare centers and three YMCA locations.

Every financial and food gift counts (non-perishable donations received in the UUFP Sanctuary building). Community first; let us join these efforts to feed the hungry!

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